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Sbragia resigns at Sunderland

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ricky sbragiaA dignified exit

Yesterday’s game at the Stadium of Light was not as bad as some of us had feared, the Lads played some good football in phases and threatened Chelsea’s goal a number of times, having surrendered to the Blues in a dreadful fashion earlier in the season I came away relatively heartened that we had actually competed and managed to score twice through Richardson and Jones. The resulting 2 – 3 defeat was much as I forecast and we owe our Premiership survival to Hull City and Newcastle United, in the final analysis they were slightly worse than us over the 38 game campaign.

I have often thought that Sbragia would not be the man to take us into the next season in the top flight, despite his credentials and record as a coach at Sunderland, Manchester United, and Bolton and his decision to resign the manager’s job after yesterday’s game came as surprise, if only for it’s immediacy, I expected it to come sometime later this week! Sbragia showed himself to be dignified and humble, he managed (with the assistance of other teams) to keep the Black Cats in the Premiership but recognised that he is not the right man to kick the team on, he will revert to his first team coaching duties. We should thank him for his valiant effort which in the end kept us out of the bottom three, we could have been in a worse position had it not been for the two or three good results that he managed to put together.

There was a lot of talk and rumour yesterday about the amount of new investment that Ellis Short will bring to the club this close season, some of the numbers were as high as £200m! If this proves to be correct, then apart from the fact that Sunderland have never seen that sort of investment in the past, it confirms my beliefs that a new manager will be appointed very, very soon, and that the long planned seating extensions to the stadium may at last go ahead, the American way has always been to encourage more “bums on seats”, but knowing what rumours are like……

And so to the gloom of “the Dark Side”, relegated for the first time in sixteen years, I was told by the regulars in my South Shields watering hole last night that they took it well, in good humour, and that there was never any suggestion of trouble brewing, the Bigg Market in Newcastle is still in one piece, so perhaps they were resigned to their fate. Shearer will not take any blame for their season, he’ll take his £800,000 and return to the BBC more likely, their troubles can be traced back long before his arrival in the hot seat, or Kevin Keagan’s arrival and departure before him, the London Mafia will be made to shoulder the blame, and you can sympathise – running a football club is rather different to running a shoe shop!

I tried my hardest to be sympathetic with the few Mags who I met last night but in the end it fell down to poking fun at them, for once it was good not to feel like the victim and to put the boot on the other foot, so this video, is just for the black and whites around South Shields today.


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Written by curly

May 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

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  1. 1-3 Curly? Don’t tell me you left before Kenwyne’s consolation goal.
    Well done Ricky for your dignified exit. Here’s to another year in the Premiership. Also a bit of relaxation for the fans. We seem to have been holding our collective breath for the past few weeks.


    May 25, 2009 at 10:29 am

  2. Ooops, better correct the typo.


    May 25, 2009 at 10:58 am

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